Modular Homes Manufacturers
Over the past 40-plus years modular homes manufacturers have shed the stigma of being in the same business as mobile homes and have begun to make a name for themselves in the home construction business. From modular log cabins to exquisite executive-style homes the options are showing up all over the landscape of the United States.
Early in their life, modular homes were typically one-story, one floor plan homes and the basics of keeping costs down were that they all pretty much looked the same. With a few modifications to the interior or exterior, three of four basic plans were on the assembly line and customization was not available.
As time progressed and people began expressing an interest, modular homes manufacturers began expanding their designs and adding rooms and additional floors. Today there are home with over 6,000 square feet of living space with options like ground to roof windows, cathedral ceilings and various floor plan options to make each home appear as though it was an site-built custom home.
It was not long before architects spotted to future of modular homes and, working the manufacturers, began custom designing modular homes that put the notion to owning one further ahead in the minds of some prospective home buyers. People realized they could have a four bedroom, two bath home for the same price as a three bedroom with one and half baths, it would be a good thing.
Architects today can design a house that is capable of being built in a factory controlled environment and have it on the home site in about two months and ready to move into in about four, as compared to the four to six months it usually takes for a site built home. Additionally, the quality built in out of necessity for the house to withstand the stresses placed on it by being lifted by a crane a few times and the ride on the back of a truck, make them stronger and more durable that a sit built house.
From long rambling ranch homes to stately mansions and even commercial construction are beginning to dot the land in the form of modular buildings. The architect will submit the home-buyer-approved plans to the modular factory that reviews them to ensure compliance with their construction methods. They are then sent electronically to the building plan approval office in the state in which the home will be built. The state will then inspect them for compliance with state-specific building codes and either approve them or send them back for revision. Once approved by the state construction can begin in the factory.
During construction, inspectors representing the buyer’s state will visit frequently to insure all state codes concerning construction such as electric and plumbing, are adhered to during all phases. Once completed the house is load onto trucks and shipped to the building site. At the home site, the work should have been completed and a foundation or basement already in place to receive the new home. Inspector once again will be on hand to approve the final connections for utilities and in as little as four months, the owner can be ready to move into a home that the know has met all legal and quality standards.